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Making Merry: 5 Stress-Free Holiday Hosting Tips

The holiday season is here, which means many of us are preparing to host gatherings with family and friends. While all this merry-making is fun, it can also cause a lot of stress. November through January is a packed time for most of us, but that busyness doesn’t have to rob us of making memories with the people we love. So how do you host the holidays with less stress? Read on below for our five tips! 1. Be Realistic Another way to say this, set realistic expectations. No one is perfect, and neither are our homes! Take comfort in this …Read More

Remodeling Questions: DIY or Don’t?

Making your list and checking it twice this time of year? No, we’re not alluding to Christmas gifts – we’re talking about your home projects wish-list. Whether it’s a mental list of someday dream projects or a real one of necessary home improvements, you might be wondering, can I do any of these things myself? Between magazines, blogs, Houzz, Pinterest, and renovation shows, it’s tempting to think any project is DIY-able. However, we aren’t all Chip or Joanna Gaines. Some of us really shouldn’t be tearing down walls, rewiring light fixtures, or installing kitchen cabinets! So, how do you know which …Read More

What’s Your Home Office Style? | Remodeling

Working from home has become a normal part of modern office culture. This increase in flexibility has a lot of benefits; parents can arrange their schedules around childcare needs, people are freer to work in atmospheres that suit them, and companies save more on office expenses. One hitch in the home office plan, though? Not everyone’s home is equipped for domestic bliss and conference calls! This begs the question, do you know your home office style? What working arrangement best fits your home’s layout and your professional needs? If you’re scratching your head at the questions above, we’ve pulled together a …Read More

Fall-Friendly Hosting Spaces: 5 Ideas

Now that the weather is cooling off and fall is here in earnest, it’s time to start hosting indoors once again. If summer is all about backyard bonfires and barbeques, then fall is for lively dinner parties and cozy evenings by the fire. This begs the question, is your home fall (or even winter) entertaining ready? Being unhappy with your home can be a real turnoff for fall and winter hosting. Whether’s it’s a lackluster layout, small space, or just a dated design, no one wants to welcome people into their frustrating home. If any of the descriptions above sound …Read More

5 Favorite Bathroom Design Trends of 2018

If there’s one thing we always contend with during remodels, it’s the role of trends. Whether the latest design fads interest you or not, finding your personal style is necessary for any major home project. Your remodeler or contractor will guide you through their process. However, deciding what you like is ultimately still your job. So, how do you decipher your kitchen, living room, or bathroom style? There are a lot of simple ways to get started; we recommend doing a little good old-fashioned research! You might begin by browsing magazines, showrooms, Houzz, Pinterest, or blogs like our own. If …Read More

Customized Kitchens: Our Favorite Upgrades

One of the most common spaces we remodel is the kitchen. Far from cookie-cutter anymore, kitchens have become the center of the home. Long gone are the days of closed off kitchens that guests don’t dare visit! As open concept floor plans rose in popularity, dining rooms and kitchens were integrated with the family room. Besides becoming less formal, this shift towards lived-in kitchens means that people want to customize their cooking space. Whether it’s a serious home chef, the neighborhood hangout host, or the queen of Christmas dinner – our client’s crave kitchens that rise to the occasion. From …Read More

Building a Legacy: 45 Years in Business

Did you know that Homecare Inc is a family-owned business? Not even just that, but also a family legacy? Founded in 1960 by Stanley Earl, Homecare’s primary focus has always been residential remodeling, with the occasional commercial project mixed in as they came up. Stanley managed building and construction, and his wife served as his company bookkeeper. Their son, Steve, grew up alongside the business and learned countless lessons from watching his parents work. After graduating from Southwest High School in Minneapolis, Steve attended the U of M for college to pursue a career in Corporate Advertising. Upon receiving his undergraduate degree, …Read More

Project Feature: Accessible Bathroom Update

Our different clients remodel for countless reasons. Some are hoping to improve their home’s resale value, while others may desire updated style or a more functional layout. However, these homeowners had an even more specific purpose in mind: accessibility. After being diagnosed with MS years ago, this client’s master bathroom design was no longer practical. Together, we collaborated on plans to make the space safer on every level. The first step was to open up the area around the toilet, creating a wide, easy-to-navigate entrance. Next, we installed safety rails for added protection from falls. The closet door was also …Read More

Getting Outside: 7 Spring Home Projects

The snow is melting away, the temperature is warming, and we dare say spring is making its long-awaited debut. Us Minnesotans are no strangers to fickle weather, so we’re ready to live it up outside when beautiful days arrive. However, there’s some business that needs to be taken care of before our care-free days of BBQs, bonfires, and backyard fun. The bright side? If you finish off your outdoor chores in the spring, you’ll be good to go once summer hits! After all, who doesn’t dream all year of a stunning Minnesota summer? Read on below for our list of …Read More

Design Trends: From Tile to Technology

Now that it’s a few months into 2018, we thought it was time to break down our favorite early design trends. In a pop culture landscape as obsessed with design as ours, it’s only natural people love to discuss this part of our industry. Trends are fun and new – who doesn’t like that? Our job as remodelers is to provide clients with helpful information about which fads will stand the test of time. We want you to feel confident working with us. Resting assured that we know our stuff, and won’t waste your valuable resources on a flash in the design pan! Read …Read More